5 Element Diet series – part 3

In the previous part we covered the flavors. Now let’s cover the functions of the properties.

Fire – Spicy > Pungent: disperses mucous/phlegm

Earth – Sweet > Aromatic: disperses dampness in the head and skin

Metal – Bitter > Bland: slightly moistens and drains

Wood – Sour > Astringent: drains vociferously

Water – Salty > Umami/Savory: nourishes essence

So what we have here is a third, excellent, reason for paying attention to the colors, in order to control the five elements. And if we do that, we can affect the organs, etc.

So, if you can, review the previous two articles, because the next part is where it gets really interesting!